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i've owned a classic M6 for about three months now. i do not find the smaller shutter speed wheel to be an issue. it's the opposite direction of my fuji, but i can keep this straight in my head it seems.
i went with the M6 because it had an internal meter, but can operate without a battery unlike the M7. the batteries are easily found at the drug store, and you get about three of them for $10. seems like they'll last forever.
one thing about the viewfinder in the M6: do you wear glasses? if so, the framelines in the .72 finder can be tricky with 35mm lenses, and 28 mm would be very difficult to see the frame lines. if you don't wear glasses, don't sweat this. but i tend to shoot 35 and the .72 finder is barely acceptable with my glasses on. if i could do it again i'd find one with a .58 finder, which is geared towards wide angle lenses (nothing over 50mm, i believe?) and easier to see the wide frame lines with glasses on.
other than that, i love this camera. the feel of it is unparalleled; it just hangs off my shoulder like a little brick. the clack of the shutter, the way the advance feels and snaps back, the feeling of the shutter speed dial. it's incredibly satisfying to use.
i recommend a domke gripper strap, which are small and unobtrusive, and it really keeps this body glued to my shoulder. loading film is a breeze once you get the hang of it. just waste a roll or two fiddling around with the mechanics of the camera... load a roll, shoot it to get a feel for the advance, rewind it and shoot it again, etc. open it up - bottom off, lens off, and shoot it and see how it works. it's fairly easy to understand (at least that which you can see) and there's just something about having a camera where you understand how it's working, and you don't worry about the damned battery running out, and you don't worry about whether or not it's on, or will wake up, or.... well, anything really.... no stupid menu system, no constantly fiddling with this setting or that. it's just there, ready to shoot.